Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Complaints corner  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #41  
Old 05.09.2011, 15:36
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 4,940
Groaned at 184 Times in 120 Posts
Thanked 8,599 Times in 2,882 Posts
Kittster has a reputation beyond reputeKittster has a reputation beyond reputeKittster has a reputation beyond reputeKittster has a reputation beyond reputeKittster has a reputation beyond reputeKittster has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Threatening to call the police - de rigeur?

Like I said above, sometimes you just happen to be the person number x who is flouting/bending/unaware of the rules, which might account for some of the more irrational police calling threats/actions. I was once in a position where the new tenants of the restaurant below me would throw loud (water shaking in the glass on the table loud) parties until three or four am, generally in summer/before Christmas, which is exam season and the house is, after all, for students. I must have gone down there a dozen times in person (usually in my pyjamas but sometimes the day after) and only got aggro for it. I tried to negotiate a system where they give us a few days warning before they had one of these events so I could sleep elsewhere - no luck, they told me they didn't need to ask for permission, which is absolutely not what I was saying.

So after two years of this and yet again being kept awake the night before a really important exam, I did actually call the police. I felt really bad for joining the passive aggressive police callers, but they WERE breaking the law, I DID try to find a mutually agreeable solution beforehand and just go scorn for it. Also - I never complained about the noise from their garden terrace or the occasional bout of music after dark, even though that would also be against the law, after all, you live above a restaurant, you expect restaurant noise. You don't expect night club level subwoofers shaking your bed, making the PAMIR + Oropax combination utterly useless.

Like summerrain said, you have to think about how to sensibly comply with and sometimes adapt to the laws. But it can be frustrating when you are faced with "all the rights, none of the responsibilities" types who refuse to budge from their position. Still - asking nicely is always the way to go, I guess people are afraid of an aggressive reaction or losing face, so they don't do it.
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 05.09.2011, 15:42
Tom1234's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kanton Luzern
Posts: 17,066
Groaned at 651 Times in 504 Posts
Thanked 25,876 Times in 10,429 Posts
Tom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Threatening to call the police - de rigeur?

Quote:
View Post
2) My wife parks the car in front of our garage, facing across the street. Another neighbour comes to whine about how it forces people with baby carriages to go onto the road, in a rather rude manner. This is despite plenty of other cars down the road being just as far over the pavement. Also, it's not exactly a busy road, being on the outskirts of town. Earlier, the guy had written a note threatening to call the cops. I'm perfectly happy to let the little people have their way, but I just don't get why you'd make a threat that you'd probably not be able to carry out? Surely you'd be embarrassed when the police came?
In this case you obviously don't think you are in the wrong and seem to want to justify your wife's actions. So, really there's little point in the neighbour getting into an arguing match with you as you think you are in the right.

I wouldn't threaten to call the cops. I would call them. Your attitude sucks.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Tom1234 for this useful post:
This user groans at Tom1234 for this post:
  #43  
Old 05.09.2011, 16:35
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: N/A
Posts: 76
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 39 Times in 19 Posts
LordNacho has annoyed a few people around hereLordNacho has annoyed a few people around here
Re: Threatening to call the police - de rigeur?

Quote:
View Post
In this case you obviously don't think you are in the wrong and seem to want to justify your wife's actions. So, really there's little point in the neighbour getting into an arguing match with you as you think you are in the right.

I wouldn't threaten to call the cops. I would call them. Your attitude sucks.
Where do you get that from? You're actually completely wrong. I was perfectly happy to park the car sideways, and had done so for several weeks before my wife had left the car the old way, once. This for some reason got the two of them into an argument.

But thanks for your input.
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 05.09.2011, 16:53
Tom1234's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kanton Luzern
Posts: 17,066
Groaned at 651 Times in 504 Posts
Thanked 25,876 Times in 10,429 Posts
Tom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Threatening to call the police - de rigeur?

Quote:
View Post

2) My wife parks the car in front of our garage, facing across the street. Another neighbour comes to whine about how it forces people with baby carriages to go onto the road, in a rather rude manner. This is despite plenty of other cars down the road being just as far over the pavement. Also, it's not exactly a busy road, being on the outskirts of town. Earlier, the guy had written a note threatening to call the cops. I'm perfectly happy to let the little people have their way, but I just don't get why you'd make a threat that you'd probably not be able to carry out? Surely you'd be embarrassed when the police came?
The above is what you wrote originally.

Quote:
View Post
Where do you get that from? You're actually completely wrong. I was perfectly happy to park the car sideways, and had done so for several weeks before my wife had left the car the old way, once. This for some reason got the two of them into an argument.

But thanks for your input.
This is what you wrote after my post.

Sorry, but I don't possess physic powers. Others may do, but I don't.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank Tom1234 for this useful post:
  #45  
Old 05.09.2011, 16:58
SamWeiseVielleicht's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bern
Posts: 725
Groaned at 11 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 893 Times in 397 Posts
SamWeiseVielleicht has a reputation beyond reputeSamWeiseVielleicht has a reputation beyond reputeSamWeiseVielleicht has a reputation beyond reputeSamWeiseVielleicht has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Threatening to call the police - de rigeur?

Quote:
View Post
Buddy, it's impossible to stick to every rule, all the time. Do you check the full set of laws where you live before going about your business? If someone sees me break a rather minor rule (which he didn't even document for me), they could just be polite about it and I'll change my behaviour. I'd do the same. Leaving a 50cm gap instead of 80 is a rather small infraction, in my opinion.
As per threatening to call the police: I'd probably not do that. Certainly not before trying other ways. But if they do call them, the fine for "parking on the pavement where this is not clearly allowed (signs), without letting a passage of at least 1.5 meters" is 120 francs.
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank SamWeiseVielleicht for this useful post:
  #46  
Old 05.09.2011, 17:02
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: N/A
Posts: 76
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 39 Times in 19 Posts
LordNacho has annoyed a few people around hereLordNacho has annoyed a few people around here
Re: Threatening to call the police - de rigeur?

Quote:
View Post
The above is what you wrote originally.



This is what you wrote after my post.

Sorry, but I don't possess physic powers. Others may do, but I don't.
You do however, possess the power of sarcasm.

"My wife parks the car" can mean she does it all the time, or once. The English language flattens tense with aspect. If you're unsure, ask. No need to be rude.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help. noise from 1 to 5am (police decline the call) rock1983 Complaints corner 29 18.07.2011 17:07
Anyone know the cheapest way to call Uk from a mobile? eg call back services?? ashtraxx TV/internet/telephone 10 24.05.2010 13:21
Police releases video in public call to identify criminals Nathu Swiss politics/news 38 11.06.2009 20:34
Swiss Police clearance certificate --what do they call it in German? male_soul_with_mind Permits/visas/government 9 20.02.2008 14:48


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 03:55.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0